“Palladium” is the code name for an evolutionary set of features for the Microsoft® Windows® operating system. When combined with a new breed of hardware and applications, these features will give individuals and groups of users greater data security, personal privacy, and system integrity. In addition, “Palladium” will offer enterprise customers significant new benefits for network security and content protection. This topic reveals the following:
•Examines how “Palladium” satisfies the growing demands of living and working in an interconnected, digital world
•Catalogs some of the planned benefits offered by “Palladium”
•Summarizes the software and hardware components of “Palladium”
The Challenge: Meeting the Emerging Requirements of an Interconnected World
Today’s personal computing environment has advanced in terms of security and privacy, while maintaining a significant amount of backward compatibility. However, the evolution of a shared, open network (the Internet) has created new problems and requirements for trustworthy computing. As the personal computer grows more central to our lives at home, work and school, consumers and business customers alike are increasingly aware of privacy and security issues.
Now, the pressure is on for industry leaders to take the following actions:
* Build solutions that will meet the pressing need for reliability and integrity
* Make improvements to the personal computer such that it can more fully reach its potential and enable a wider range of opportunities
* Give customers and content providers a new level of confidence in the computer experience
* Continue to support backward compatibility with existing software and user knowledge that exists with Windows systems today
Together, industry leaders must address these critical issues to meet the mounting demand for trusted computing while preserving the open and rich character of current computer functionality.
The Solution: “Palladium”
“Palladium” is the code name for an evolutionary set of features for the Microsoft Windows operating system. When combined with a new breed of hardware and applications, “Palladium” gives individuals and groups of users greater data security, personal privacy and system integrity. Designed to work side-by-side with the existing functionality of Windows, this significant evolution of the personal computer platform will introduce a level of security that meets the rising customer requirements for data protection, integrity and distributed collaboration.